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Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel (Book Review)

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she’s the only one who believes Mina’s death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina’s death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen’s past, the more she’s torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she’ll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.


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About ½ way through Touch of Smoke and my mind was teeming with questions.

How did Nina die?

What was Owen’s part in Nina’s death?

What’s up with Rikki’s nightmares?

How can Owen afford everything he’s buying?

Who’s the mystery man in the black ball cap, polo shirt and khaki shorts?

I had many more questions and I needed answers. I wanted to know more about Rikki’s life — past, present and future. And it wasn’t just Rikki’s story that I wanted to know more about. Was Owen a good guy or was he a sheep in wolf’s clothing. I pressed on to the 2nd half of Touch of Smoke, looking forward to getting some answers.


In the 2nd half of Touch of Smoke, I got most of my answers. Owen finally opened up and told Rikki his deep, dark secret. A secret I won’t share because it would reveal too much about the plot.

I will admit that Rikki did annoy me at times except during the battle scene. During that section, she impressed me and then I thought…. Maybe this chick is all right after all.

As for Owen: I loved him, from first introduction to the very last page. As the legendary Salt-N-Pepa would say…


What a man, what a man, what a man,
What a mighty good man
Gotta say it again now
What a man, what a man, what a man,
What a mighty good man
He’s a mighty mighty good man


Technically, Owen is more than just a man BUT to learn more you must purchase a copy and find out for yourself!


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1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤


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Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky named Bonnie. Some of her favorite things are coffee, dark chocolate, super heroes and Star Wars. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. In the summer she’s camping, kayaking, and boating at the lake, and in the winter, she’s curled up with a good book.


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The ‘One Night of Passion’ Series by Beth Kery (Multi-Book Review)

Irish film director Rill Pierce fled to the tiny, backwoods town of Vulture ‘s Canyon, seeking sanctuary and solitude after a devastating tragedy. Once, his raw sex appeal and sultry Irish accent made women across the globe swoon. Now, he’s barely recognizable…
But Katie Hughes, his best friend’s sister, is not the type of woman to give up on a man like Rill. She blazes into Vulture’s Canyon determined to save him from himself. Instead, she finds herself unleashing years of pent-up passion. In a storm of hunger and need, Katie and Rill forget themselves and the world. But will Rill’s insatiable attraction to Katie heal his pain—or will it just feed the darkness within him?
John Corcoran loved the isolation of the Shawnee National Forest with the crisp spring air, the sounds of nature, and the bracing scent of pine. Isolation is what movie star Jennifer Turner craved as well, an escape that only a weekend hike, a long and blissful distance from Hollywood, could provide.

Yesterday, they were strangers—until a fateful accident, deep in the forest and far from civilization, throws them together and plunges them both into darkness. For Jennifer it is as unnerving as the night itself, trapped in such close quarters with a man as mysterious as John. He is alpha: bold, rough, and masculine, but with a scent of firewood and spice she finds intoxicating.
In the dark, Jennifer’s nightmares spring to life. The only way to vanquish them is by submitting to blind, naked need. Now, as intimately close as a man and a woman can be, they find themselves alone, battling fear and vulnerability. Only an unexpected passion will comfort them—a sensual, raw experience from which neither is certain they want to be rescued.



Aussie playboy, world traveler and landscape photographer Chance Hathoway recognizes a miracle of nature when he sees it. He comes upon her unaware, swimming in the nude. Camera in hand, his instinct is to capture her ripe, naked abandon. But he longs to possess more than just her image…
When Sherona Legion suddenly discovers that she’s being watched at her most vulnerable she’s surprised at her reaction. It’s not embarrassment or anger. It’s pure, unabashed arousal. She likes it—enough so that she’s willing to take an unprecedented risk with the sexy photographer.

Thrilled at having the exhibitionist in her awakened, she agrees to Chance’s offer to pose for a series of nude photographs—stimulating tableaus of bondage. It leads Chance and Sherona to intimate and unparalleled experimentation. But how much is Sherona really ready to give to a complete stranger? And how much more can Chance take?



It’s not often you’re hired to paint a body tattoo—and what a body—on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she’d never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse.
Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman?

In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever?





Former Army intelligence officer Seth Hightower may work with the Hollywood elite as a special effects makeup artist, but he’s learned the hard way to keep fame obsessed starlets at arm’s length. Only one woman ever tempted him to break his rules about dating actresses—and she left him with the memory of one night of uninhibited passion and a lifetime of what-ifs.

Hollywood “It” girl Gia Harris is used to being in the spotlight—and avoiding it when necessary. After she witnesses a heinous crime, she knows testifying is the right thing to do, even if it is in the midst of a media circus. But when things heat up and Gia is in danger she needs to avoid prying eyes and the rabid, long arm of the media. Seth’s special skills and knowledge of disguise make him the perfect person to keep her famous face out of the news, but their history makes him the last person she wants to be alone with. He’s far too tempting—and now, far too close…

As Seth conceals Gia and steals her away from a rabid public, they can’t ignore the blistering attraction between them. And when they give in to their cravings, they reveal more about themselves than either of them has ever laid bare before…


Attention erotic readers, this series will definitely be to your liking. It has everything your sexy hearts desire. 
– exhibitionism
– anal play
– bondage
– spankings
– Dom/Sub scenes
– sex-play (roleplaying) 
– toys
All the above and a plot weaved in too!
If I know you, you’re itching to get your hands on this series for sure. Maybe even try out a few of the scenes with your significant other. 
Enjoy, my wicked friends. *winks* 
Overall Heart Rating:
 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2

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Interview with Robin Badillo aka Tyler Robbins

Welcome, Robin Badillo
AKA – Tyler Robbins. 
1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?
(RB) Tyler Robbins is the pen name I use for my GLBT line of
novels. I chose to write this genre under a pseudonym so the stories would have
a chance to stand on their own, out from under the shadow of my other books. To
say that they’re shining all on their own would be an understatement. The first
two books have been warmly received by enthusiastic readers.
I wrote my first romance in 2004 then safely tucked it away
in a drawer, to only be seen by my eyes. After my husband passed away in 2006,
I contemplated writing again, but raising four kids alone, and trying to figure
out who the hell I was, took precedence.
After starting over from scratch, the figuring stuff out
part soon changed when that little voice in my head kept chattering away,
insisting I listen. Fortunately for me, I have terrific friends and family who have
supported my dream. The rest is history.
2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(RB) I’ve dealt with writer’s block in many ways and there is no
particular quick fix. Sometimes it takes a break from writing all together;
sometimes it helps to set aside one work in progress for another, and sometimes
… well sometimes I think it will drive me to drinking.
Mostly, I just have to take some time for myself. If I don’t
find a balance, I run the risk of the little men in white coats knocking on the
door with a straight-jacket in hand, which I probably wouldn’t mind if they
bring cookies.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time?
(RB) Honestly? I catch up on reading, watching any episodes of Spartacus or Shameless I might have missed, and I try to get some extra sleep.
My kids fit in there somewhere, as well as an occasional
bubble bath.
I guess you could say that I’ve traded one type of bubble
for another.
4. I know many writers keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
(RB) I hide nothing. I can’t because I write 24/7. My laptop is
practically attached to me. My dad tells people all the time that his daughter
is an author, and when I started writing male/male erotic romance, he actually
blushed and laughed and said, “Well, just do what ya’ gotta do and piss on
everyone else.”
My kids tell their friends, but my oldest son omits the list
of genres unless someone asks, then he tells it like it is.
I saw a sign somewhere once that read, ‘Don’t regret the things you’ve done because at one time, it was
exactly what you wanted.’
I try to live my life by that ideology. I’m not ashamed, and
if people don’t like it, they don’t have to read my books.  I don’t mean to sound rude, but at my age,
I’ve come to realize that I will never please everybody, and it would be a
waste of valuable time to try.
On the flip side, I’m not the type to write anything that
would go against what I deem to be tasteful and respectable.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(RB) Of course I love all the greats, Stephen King, some James
Patterson and even a little Anne Rice, but after becoming a published author, a
new world of writers has opened up for me. 
I have found several small press authors such as, Avril
Ashton, Kendall McKenna, Xondra Day, Rebecca Brochu and Marie Medina. These
ladies and many others have tickled my fancy more than the big guys ever did.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
(RB) I would love to see my first Tyler Robbins book, Beyond Honor go to the big screen,
simply because of the relevance of , ‘Don’t
ask, Don’t tell’
, in today’s political and social environment.
I would get a kick out of seeing, Zach Roerig (Matt on The
Vampire Diaries
) in the role of Jared Prophet.
As for Michael Crest, I think a darker-haired Chace Crawford (from Gossip Girl) would be a perfect fit.
Army Medic, Private Michael Crest, is quite content in his life with the exception of one thing—he’s in need of a good man and has his sights set on another medic, Specialist Jared Prophet.

The problem? Jared’s in deep denial about his sexuality.

After an unexpected, erotic exchange, Jared decides his only recourse is to distance himself from Michael and plans a trip to his family’s lake-house with friends, which would have worked, if one of his friends hadn’t invited Michael to tag along.

As a tropical storm hits the Texas Gulf Coast, the two men give into unbridled passion. But more than the weather gets rough when the storm passes and Jared learns his parents are among the missing.

Can the lovers endure the fallout or will unearthed truths prove more devastating than any natural disaster?

After all, just because they aren’t gonna ask, doesn’t mean they want you to tell…

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
(RB) At the moment, I’m working on another M/M military type
story dealing with two very important aspects of war; a brother’s grief over
the loss of his older brother who’s been killed in action, and an ex-soldier
struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s not all romance and passion. I try to tackle real
issues that everyday people can relate to.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?
(RB) Both of Tyler Robbins’ books can be found at Evernight
Publishing and many other third party retailors at the links below:
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
(RB) I can be found on my own personal blog, Facebook and
Twitter. Add me as a friend or follow me. I am always up to something fun!
Blog: Tyler’s Naughty
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(RB) I’d love to encourage readers to challenge themselves to
step outside of their normal reading box sometime. You never know the treasures
you’ll find hiding under a genre you might have never considered before. Happy
 I hope you enjoyed my interview
with Robin Badillo.  If you have any questions or comments for her, by all
means, leave a message below. Thank you in advance for your


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